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 For Immediate Release
April 7, 2006

CONTACT: Corey Ray
(202) 616-1728

COPS OFFICE RELEASES STUDY ON DRUNK DRIVING

Guide Identifies Factors Behind Drunk Driving, Repeat Offences

Washington, DC - In addition to alcohol impairment being the greatest factor in traffic fatalities, the number of deaths resulting from alcohol-related traffic accidents is comparative to the number of homicides in the United States. Among 15 to 20 year olds, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death, many of these being alcohol-related.

To better assist police battle this ongoing issue, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has released Drunk Driving, an addition to the Problem-Oriented Guides for Police series, dedicated to addressing the problems and consequences of driving while under the influence of alcohol. The guide details factors that contribute to drunk driving, plus information regarding repeat offenders. A general perception that there is little risk in being caught by police for drunk driving is addressed, as is the role establishments that serve alcoholic beverages play in preventing or contributing to drunk driving.

"The COPS Office is acutely aware of the significant problem of drunk driving and its severe effects on individuals and communities across the country," said Carl Peed, COPS Office Director. "One of the best tools we have to fight this crime is educating both law enforcement, the public and the business community on the dangerous consequences of drunk driving."

The new publication also offers specific responses to reduce drunk driving, including the pursuit of new legislation, aggressive public education programs and the development of alternative transportation options.

In addition to the Drunk Driving guide, the COPS Office has produced a number of informative publications to help state, local and tribal law enforcement officers and deputies deal more effectively with public safety and crime problems. These publications can be obtained free of charge by calling the COPS Office Response Center at 800.421.6770 or by visiting COPS Online.

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